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posted on March 07, 2012

Death of backyard rinks linked to climate change

By: Lesley Ciarula Taylor
Published: March 05, 2012
Source: The Star

Shorter Canadian winters could well mean no more Wayne Gretzkys, a scientific study reports Monday.

Five years of meticulous analysis by researchers at McGill and Concordia universities tracked evidence for the “significant shortening” of the outdoor skating season across Canada.

Fewer backyard rinks and less time on the ice means an attack on “a critical component of Canadian identity and culture,” the study says.

“Wayne Gretzky learned to skate on a backyard skating rink.”

Could hockey-mad Prime Minister Stephen Harper be persuaded of the dangers of climate change by the spectre of the end of backyard shinny?

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